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Pharmaceutical innovation in healthcare is a multifaceted process involving numerous private and public stakeholders. New blockbuster drugs, curative therapies, and additional uses for existing medications all represent innovation and are often cited as reasons to seek care and treatment in the United States. But this doesn’t come without a price. The healthcare sector continues to see high prices and soaring costs on top of rising disease burden and inequitable outcomes across populations.

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Interested in enhancing your communication skills and refining strategies for pitching ideas in healthcare? Whether you are selling your research topic, program ideas, clinical innovation, or your personal skillset, this event is tailored for students like you!

Come join the Department of Health Sciences in the 2nd Natural Disaster Simulation! We will work together by utilizing our community's resources to solve the challenges and obstacles imposed by the natural disaster followed by an interprofessional discussion to reflect on the real-world implications of a natural disaster and the effects it would have on our professions. This event will be held in-person in the Adams School of Dentistry on April 8th from 6-8pm. Food will be provided!


Do you feel confident in your understanding of Artificial Intelligence in the Healthcare Industry? Are you interested in learning about how AI is currently used and future trends in hospital systems, payers, pharma, CROs and other healthcare organizations?  If so, join our guest experts to demystify AI and help you confidently employ this game changing technology now and in in your future roles. This discussion is designed to equip MBAs, graduate students, and professionals with a basic understanding of AI and its applications within the healthcare industry. Our experts will unravel the intricacies of AI technologies, and explore their transformative impact on healthcare delivery, patient outcomes, and business operations. Gain valuable insights into real case uses where AI is currently being applied and the hopes for future applications.  Whether you aspire to lead healthcare organizations or drive innovation in the industry, this panel offers invaluable perspectives to help you leverage AI knowledge effectively and navigate the evolving landscape of healthcare business with confidence and expertise.  Bring your burning questions and plan to join this fascinating and valuable discussion.

Join us for an exciting fireside chat with Ajay Gupta, Chief Executive Officer of Physical Rehabilitation Network, LLC (PRN PT). With over two decades of extensive healthcare experience, Ajay has been at the forefront of identifying and exploring business development opportunities, strategic operations, finance, and private equity in the healthcare sector.


Ajay will share insights from his journey, spanning from his early days at Andersen Consulting to his pivotal roles at HCA Healthcare, Envision Healthcare, and Integrated Oncology Network. Learn from his experiences as a seasoned advisor and board member for private equity-backed companies and how these experiences led him to his current role as CEO of Physical Rehabilitation Network.  He will then answer audience questions and open the session for discussion.


Don't miss this opportunity to gain invaluable perspectives on healthcare leadership, strategic decision-making, and the future of the industry from one of its foremost experts.

Join us for a captivating Fireside Chat with Minni Marwaha, the dynamic Founder of Deebo, an at home medical tool for parents. Minni’s mission is to empower parents by providing them with easy-to-use medical devices to take health matters into their own hands, right in the comfort of their homes. Discover how she’s making a positive impact on healthcare! With a remarkable background that includes leading Core Innovation for Advocate Aurora Healthcare, one of the largest healthcare systems in the US, Minni is a powerhouse of knowledge and experience.

Join us for a Fireside Chat: “Winding Career Paths: Making Impact at Every Turn” featuring Katherine Engstrom, former Vice President with Grifols Plasma Atlantic.

In this presentation, Katherine will take you on a journey through her own winding career path and educational background. More importantly, she’ll dive deep into the “how.” Students, this is your chance to learn how to pivot in your career, expand your professional network, craft and communicate your unique healthcare story, and better understand taking calculated risks. Additionally, Katherine will explore impact in the business of healthcare.

Get ready to be inspired and gather insights that can shape your own career path. We’ll have plenty of time for your burning questions. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to gain wisdom from a true industry leader!

 2023 UNC Business of Healthcare Conference – What’s Driving Healthcare Prices? This year’s event, hosted on Friday, November 3rd by the UNC Center for the Business of Health, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, and the UNC Kenan-Flagler MBA Healthcare Club, will explore how healthcare goods, labor, and services are priced, and why the cost of care continues to rise. We will learn from leaders and organizations that are taking steps to address this core challenge.

Join us for sessions on the rising price of drugs, the influence of consolidation on healthcare prices and costs, the AI boom and reducing healthcare prices, price transparency, and the cost of labor and its impact on prices. Networking and meals are included for in-person attendees. Virtual streaming will be available for select sessions and panels.

Join the 2023 UNC Healthcare Case Competition, an interdisciplinary event designed to leverage your education and experiences to develop innovative solutions to a relevant healthcare issue. The competition gives participants an opportunity to demonstrate leadership skills, critical thinking, and creativity, network with current and future healthcare leaders, and win a prize!

Who can participate:
• Graduate students from across disciplines
• Teams must consist of 4-5 graduate students with at least 2 disciplines represented
• Participants must be currently enrolled in the discipline they represent
• Single students can register as a “Free Agent” to be paired with other singles to form a team

Important Dates
Registration: Open September 18 through 5pm on October 4
Kick-Off Event: October 5
Case Release: October 13
Competition Day: October 28

1st Place — $10,000
2nd Place — $5,000
3rd Place — $2,500

Join us for the CBOH Career Networks Vertical Panel – Health Policy & Research! Susanne Killian, Associate Director of Student Engagement, will moderate this interactive discussion around the panelists’ education, careers, things learned working in the industry, and more.

Amy Gandhi – Staff Vice President of Medicaid Compliance (East Region), Elevance Health
Lindsey Hanes-Maslow – Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Mike Rawaan – Founder & Principal Consultant, Covalence Healthcare Consulting

Join us for the CBOH Career Networks Vertical Panel – Healthcare Investment Banking & Venture Capital!  Susanne Killian, Associate Director of Student Engagement, will moderate this interactive discussion around the panelists’ education, careers, things learned working in the industry, and more.

Casey Granack – Manager, Innovations, WakeMed
Jim Pirouz – Head of Capital Markets Truist Securities
Don Turner – General Partner, NMRL Private Equity Group

Join us for the CBOH Career Networks Vertical Panel – Digital Health, Technology & Health Innovation! Susanne Killian, Associate Director of Student Engagement, will moderate this interactive discussion around the panelists’ education, careers, things learned working in the industry, and more.

Alex Hart D’Hondt – Innovation Manager, Highmark Health
Tom Kaplan – Senior Manager, Commercialization IT Analytics Solutions, Bristol Myers Squibb
Chihao Tsui – Engagement Manager, Chartis
Michelle Voorhies – Senior Product Director, Public Platforms, Mayo Clinic

Join us for a one-day bootcamp to learn the basics about the US healthcare industry. This is for graduate level students who are looking for a refresher on their healthcare knowledge or for students who are interested in pursuing healthcare and need a basic understanding of where to start. The bootcamp will include discussion on US healthcare policy and structure, the latest trends in the healthcare industry, and will explore the interdisciplinary healthcare resources available at UNC. Last, the program will host a dynamic alumni panel discussion on pivoting to the business side of healthcare. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to kickstart your career in healthcare and to network with peers, staff, and alumni!

12:00-12:20pm – Lunch Pick-Up and Welcome
12:20-1:20pm – US Healthcare Policy and Structure
1:20-1:30pm – Break
1:30-2:30pm – US Healthcare Industry and Current Trends
2:30-3:30pm – Interdisciplinary Healthcare Resources at UNC
3:00-3:10pm – Break
3:10-4:10pm – Pivoting to the Business of Healthcare
4:14-5:45pm – Networking Session